D day! Prejudging is done. Tough competition but I feel amazing.
Awards after the show tonight. Huge thank you for all of the support I have received. I will write a full post about this experience and the results this week. Here’s a sneak peak
Big thanks to the chiropractor, I am again functional, if not 100%. Went and saw him early last week, he cracked my spine back into place, did some kind of ultra sound thingy on the sore muscles and then electro shock therapy’d me and told me not to “twist”. So for 3 days I literally didn’t. It is not so much my back that was hurting, though certain movements were certainly uncomfortable. It was soft tissue damage from buggering up my ribs right in my chest. I spent the rest of the week doing lighter weights than usual, and some BORING steady rate cardio on the recumbent bike. Great thing about this was I also found a great new book (new for me anyways) Bryce Courtenay Fishing for Stars. (Baz if you are reading this, you’d likely love this guy all of his books are based in or around Australia with amazing descriptions.)
As of this weekend I am again able to work-out all body parts, though I am still being careful and avoiding twisting movements. Managed a pretty decent shoulder workout yesterday and while I could definitely “feel” the injury for the rest of the day it was fine as of this morning. Bonus back to my bursts of jump rope during cardio and not sitting on the bike anymore, though maybe one day this week since there is only like a chapter and half left in my book. My diet has been pretty good, I did not weigh myself last Tuesday like I usually do because I was feeling rather over whelmed by the injury and while I don’t put much stock in the numbers I did not need to see what the scale said in case it said something I did not like. Will weigh in tomorrow and discover where I am. To be on target it “should” say: 132.3. If it doesn’t. That’s ok. I feel great and I know my body will do amazing things in the next week or so.
UFE Showdown has historically done the Open and Master competitions in the AM followed by an Elite / Pro only show in the evening. I loved this last year because it meant, at 10 am you arrived at the venue, and by 2:30 – 3 you were done and knew how you placed or did not… (well, not exactly… You were either in the top 5 or not) This year seeing as I am back in my home town where the competition is, we had planned a big back yard BBQ for afterward and my sweet heart promised to make me home made burgers and cheesecake… mmmmm cheesecake.
However they have updated the show format this year and the 10 am show is now pre-judging for Open, Master and Elite categories. Evening is finals again for all 3 categories. Which means both pre-judging and the evening show are going to be very long events. UFE is pretty good at moving things along though and half the fun is back stage.
So change of plans, we will be relaxing in the yard between the shows and heading to Joe Kools afterwards, all are of course welcome.
RELAY FOR LIFE
Just like the last few years this Friday June 13 (one week before the show) is the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life here in London. There is still LOTS of time to donate, so please consider contributing… You can donate http://convio.cancer.ca/site/TR/RelayForLife/RFL_ON_even_?px=3357521&pg=personal&fr_id=14854
I set a goal of $500 this year and have already surpassed it. Our Team “Freedom Fighters” has multiple survivors, and this year will walk for the first time in memory of our recently departed beautiful captain Liss.
All that being said. It’s a week before my show, and walking for 12 hours will deplete and wear out the strongest of people. I happen to be at very low body weight, and right into my 10 day deplete / carb load phase… Not sure I handled it all that well last year and I need to put a plan in place that not only allows me to participate in this amazing event that is so very close to my heart but also doesn’t mess up what I have worked the last 12 weeks for… Suggestions welcome.
12 DAY PLANS
In the usual spirit of “My Body is a Science Experiment” that I generally go into my planning with I have decided to yet again modify my peak week to try and hit perfection. I am basing this on what I felt worked, didn’t worked, have read and have seen during many “small mini trial peak weeks” I have done over the last couple of years.
I have already depleted carbs, most of which are coming only from good old asparagus (which really doesn’t count as a carb) and my one banana right after my morning workout. I have also already started to up my water intake to about a liter to liter and half more than I normally drink. At 10 days this will go up by the same again. Monday to Thursday of next week the goal will be 12 of my 1.5 liter water bottles. Friday I will drink when thirsty with no limit or goal in mind until about 4PM when I will try to limit myself to less than a liter for the rest of the day / night (that probably sounds like a lot to some, however when you drink as much water as I do… I’ll be thirsty) Morning of the show, will take sips as needed until pre-judging is done. (I know this works for me, but I will not put myself at risk of dehydration.) Friday; the day before the show should be fun. I have a nail appointment at 10 am… all this work deserves some pampering and my Mama got me a mani pedi for my birthday that I have been hanging onto for just this. Mid-afternoon I will start adding in carbs (I am a bikini / fitness model I do not want to look too tight, or vascular) the carbs I know work for me are things like apples, and fruit, rice cakes etc. Later in the afternoon I have an appointment for my tan. Followed by the athletes meeting at 6 PM. And oh yes, dinner of some sweet potato, lean steak and a lovely glass of vino
Workouts will stay as they have been until after this Thursday. Friday being the relay I am obviously going to try and nap, sleep in etc. Since I’ll be up all night. Saturday if it is nice will be the same again, hopefully at the beach. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday (Days 6, 5, 4 out) will be higher reps, lighter weights – 2 exercises per muscle group with Sunday being my last day doing legs. Wednesday, Thursday will likely be my toughest days… Stick to my diet, no workouts, work and rest as much as possible as well as organize everything I can for Saturday.
I’m sure something will occur to me between now and then… or I’ll just have low carb brain and post about my gym sneakers, the cloud that looks like a burger or the contents of my gym bag …
My hands are a disaster.
I wear my gloves religiously at the gym, but lift heavy enough and often enough and they don’t really stop all of the wear and tear on your hands. I moisturize constantly, and I use a pumice stone on the callus’s when they get really bad. Right now… they are a wreck. To top it off its spring in Ontario and the wonky weather with warm one day and icy cold the next combined with all of the damp and quite a bit of time spent trying to get my new garden up to snuff for planting season means my arthritis is full blown. The last few days they have been swollen to the point that I cannot get my rings off, I can barely bend them and they ache all the time. This is not really conducive to competition prep, tried to go easy at the gym and give them a rest. Even my straps were not going to help this one. However I do not enjoy going easy and probably pushed a little too hard. Either way Aleve or a bit of a break and I will hopefully be back to going hard soon. (Ok, who are we kidding, I am likely going to go hard anyways… just hope my hands survive.)
I love getting dressed almost as much as I like being naked. My problem right now. If it’s small enough to “fit” it likely doesn’t fit my frame. Size small shirts depending on the style fit my waist, and arms, but not my shoulders. Stretchy pants in xs are lose by part way through the day. Jeans may fit your waist but are too tight in the bum or calves. This is a good problem to have I suppose. But it certainly makes getting dressed interesting. Dresses and tanks are easier, however I work in the office of a distribution warehouse. Not really appropriate most of the time.
Restricted calories, early morning workouts, food prep, cleaning, kids, and boyfriend. Ya. I am tired all of the time. Plus I am an incredibly light sleeper so even when I plan on sleeping in if my early rising boyfriend gets up early, so do I
Sometimes you need to let stuff slide. Let’s face it. Life on a good day is a lot of work, doubly so for us Mama’s. I am not so good at letting it slide. I need to work on this. I kind of did this Sunday, by playing in the dirt in the garden instead of finishing the laundry and cleaning the house. I don’t even remember going to bed Sunday night and think it may have been involuntary and I just fell asleep however when I got up yesterday morning I realized that the laundry was in the wash from two days ago, so had to be re-run, somehow there was enough laundry created in 2 days for 2 more loads. The kitchen was an absolute disaster and there were dishes, glasses and garbage everywhere. I did a quick tidy and left big kid a note for some chores to do after school. I’ll bloody well pay him as long as it gets done right. I need a maid, or really a mom, or a wife to look after my house!
This takes prep. If for some reason I am not prepared, like yesterday morning. When I realized I had no Tupperware, hadn’t been grocery shopping and hadn’t prepped my meals yesterday (see being lazy and playing in the dirt above) I was at a complete loss. No idea what to do, and so yesterday not only did I sleep through my work out because I fell asleep involuntarily Sunday night, my food sucked. I improvised but it’s not really according to plan, I didn’t bring enough with me and well… ugh. Eating the same boring stuff all the time is not fun, eating a crappy improvised version of it is even worse.
Ok… whaaa waaa waa. I’m went grocery shopping on the way home.
I can comment on my arse, you can’t!
Boyfriend made the mistake while I was working on posing practice to comment that I need to shrink my backside to look like the girls in the show that win. Well Duh! His comment, I love you’re bum, but these girls have much smaller bums. Gee Thanks Darling! I know he wasn’t being mean, just trying to help. I compete, he races cars. (Talk about not feeling guilty about my hobby, his is far more expensive hee hee)… He also races to win. And yes, I want to win, but really my first goal is to look and feel better than my last competition. My arse is much smaller than it was 3 weeks out from my show last June and I am still 8 weeks out. Plus, this is like the absolute last place that I lose weight. I know all of this, he made a comment. Still it bugs me. Advice to boyfriends out there, especially when you’re girl competes in bodybuilding contests, unless you are her coach or trainer, keep it to yourself. “You look fantastic!” should be the only words out of your mouth, or “Gee I’ll do the dishes and clean the bathroom”
Ha Ha! Loves him. But I didn’t even ask “does this make me look fat” You’d think every guy knew this. Apparently not.